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Cincinnati To Miss Both Starting Guards Against UNC

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Starting left guard Austen Bujnoch (No. 76) will miss Cincinnati's bowl game against North Carolina on Saturday due to an injury. The team's right guard Sam Longo (fractured ankle) also will miss the game. Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images.
Starting left guard Austen Bujnoch (No. 76) will miss Cincinnati's bowl game against North Carolina on Saturday due to an injury. The team's right guard Sam Longo (fractured ankle) also will miss the game. Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images.

Cincinnati's starting left guard Austen Bujnoch will miss Saturday's Belk Bowl against North Carolina after requiring surgery on his right foot, Cincinnati.com reported Thursday.

Bujnoch missed three games this season because of the injury and arrived in Charlotte on crutches. He started 35 games in his Bearcats career and earned first-team All-Big East honors in 2012.

The news comes at a bad time for Cincinnati, which already is missing starting right guard Sam Longo, also a senior, due to a fractured ankle suffered against Louisville on Dec. 5.

The Bearcats (9-3) will have to rely on senior quarterback Brendon Kay, who has battled multiple injuries himself, against North Carolina (6-6). Cincinnati's offense has been fairly balanced under Tommy Tuberville, with the team rushing for 2,022 yards and passing for 3,766.

Cincinnati and North Carolina are set to kick off at 3:20 p.m. ET on Saturday. The game will be broadcast on ESPN.